Fergus Kelly is a sound artist and improvising musician from Dublin. He has been in numerous shows around Ireland, and has shown in Canada, America, Germany, Finland, Holland and England. He has done soundtracks for film and theatre and received many Arts Council awards. He is a founder member of The Whispering Gallery collective for the promotion of improvised and electronic music in an Irish context.
His work spans a variety of contexts: performance, installation, soundworks for tape, CD, radio, and public spaces. His work was performed by The Manhattan Marimba Quartet in The Kitchen, New York, in 1991. Radio broadcasts include A.A.R.T., Dublin, 1994 and 1998, HEARING IS BELIEVING, Liverpool, 1995, HORIZONTAL RADIO, Alberta 1995, RADIO GAGARIN, Hamburg, 1996, RESONANCE, London 1998, YLE RADIO Helsinki 2000,
DRIFT:RESONANT CITIES, Edinburgh, 2004, and LYRIC FM, Dublin 2012/13
Other highlights include showing in the EUROPEAN WORKSHOP RUHRGEBEIT in Recklinghausen, Germany in 1990 and 1991, and the AUDIO VISUAL EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL, in Arnhem, Holland in 1993 and 1995, participating in THE TUNING OF THE WORLD conference in Banff, Canada in 1993, and performing in SIX WEEKS OF SOUND and IN THE EYE OF THE EAR II, both in Chicago in 1996. He performed at various INTERMEDIA festivals and sound art events in Cork from 1988 – 1999. He showed in IRELAND AND EUROPE in Dublin in 1997. In 1997 and 1999 he performed in Dublin and Cork with UK sound sculptor Max Eastley.
He performed in SONIC EYE in Helsinki in 2000, and WINTER, in Dublin in 2001, and IRISH ART NOW in Chicago, also in 2001. He showed in City Art Centre's HAUNTED in Dublin, 2003, and in Temple Bar Gallery's FULL CIRCLE show in Dublin, in 2004. He curated VOLUME 2 (a week of sound) for Temple Bar Gallery in 2005, performing with Max Eastley, and regular collaborators David Lacey and Paul Vogel. He performed in the I&E festivals in Dublin in 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009.
He also showed in The Digital Hub’s CAPTURED in Dublin in 2006 and performed in a duo with David Lacey in the TULCA performance festival in Galway in 2006, APOSTATES in the Belltable, Limerick, DARKLIGHT Festival and VOLUME 4 in Dublin in 2007. In 2007 he was selected joint winner with Ian McDonnell for electro-acoustic composition in CRASH ENSEMBLE’s Free State concert in Dublin. In 2009 he performed in London with Max Eastley and Mark Wastell.
He showed in FUTURESONIC and ARTRADIO, in Manchester in 2007. In 2011 a soundwork was featured at the ALCHEMY FILM FESTIVAL, in Hawick, Scottish Borders. A soundwork featured in NOWHERE ISLAND RADIO, UK, and A QUIET POSITION, curated by Jez Riley French, as part of a broadcast during the AV FESTIVAL in London, in 2012.
BREATHING ROOM, a sound/light installation was presented in The Goethe Institute in Dublin in 2012. A soundwork was featured in THE HILLTOWN NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, Westmeath, in 2012. New soundworks were featured in MAYFEST in London, FREE STATE 7, Kilkenny Arts Festival and (H)EAR FESTIVAL 3, Heerlen, Holland in 2013. He performed solo in Berlin in 2013, as part of the FUNCTIONAL SOUNDS conference.
In 2014, his soundwork, CONCRETE SONORITIES was featured in the URBAN SOUNDSCAPE AND CRITICAL CITIZENSHIP conference in Limerick. This piece has also been selected by Darren Copeland from NEW ADVENTRES IN SOUND ART to be developed for performance on a surround sound system in Toronto later in 2014.
REPETITIVE STRAIN INDUSTRIES (Fergus Kelly, David Lacey & Jurgen Simpson) performed in PERSPECTIVE 2000 in Belfast, and in the INFUSION and FIX festivals in Limerick and Belfast in 2000. They also performed at SCOIP 2001 in Tralee, and in SUMMER, in Dublin, in 2001.
Soundworks on CD include: GBH (1993), which appears on RANDOM ACCESS SOUNDWORKS, PRESSURE (1994), appears on AUDIO ARTISTS RADIO TRANSMISSIONS. He appears in collaboration with Garrett Phelan and Carol McKeon on SOUNDWORKS III (1998). A solo CD, INVISIBLE CITY (1999) was published by Project Press, as part of Project's Off Site series.
Recording under the name REPETITIVE STRAIN INDUSTRIES, his work has been featured on compilations released through Charnel Music in San Francisco, Meeuw Muzak in Maastricht, and Staalplaat in Amsterdam. The album NETS IN THE TRAWL was released by ND in Texas.
In 2005 he established a CDR label and website, Room Temperature, as an outlet for his solo and collaborative work, producing the CDs UNMOOR (2005), MATERIAL EVIDENCE (2006), BEVEL (2006) (with David Lacey), A HOST OF PARTICULARS (2007), STRANGE WEATHER (2007) and LEACHING THE PITH (2008), SWARF (2009), FUGITIVE PITCH (2009) and LONG RANGE (2010).
His latest CD , A CONGREGATION OF VAPOURS, was released to critical acclaim in 2012 on Dublin sound art label Farpoint Recordings. He is currently working on a new album for release on his label later in 2014.
Fergus Kelly’s tracks